Mozilla starts Extend Firefox 2007 contest

By Justin Mann on October 25, 2007, 4:38 PM
Mozilla has once again launched their Extend Firefox contest this year, which is an effort to encourage developers to craft plugins for the infamous browser. As the most heavily-modified browser around, the plethora of 3rd-party plugins has been one of the keystones in making Firefox so successful. Obviously them encouraging this development helps.

The contest will be overseen by several judges from the field, including people from Mozilla, Yahoo, StumbleUpon, Netvibes, del.ici.ous and Adaptive Path. The contest lasts until the very end of this year, and will reward those developers who can innovate better than the rest.

You can read more details regarding the contest, along with information about another endeavor, "Operation Firefox", in the comments section. Last year, the Reveal extension was the winner, next to the Web Developer and Firefox Showcase plugins.

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Mozilla is back this year with its “Extend Firefox” contest, a developer contest for the best, most innovative and user friendly add-ons to Firefox 2. Open now and running through December 31st, 2007, this year’s contest will be a true test of creativity and technological skill, as developers across the world compete to out-do each other, and the 2,600 add-ons already available for Firefox. Companies like Del.ici.ous and StumbleUpon have built their businesses as add-ons for Firefox – with exposure to more than 100 million users worldwide, a useful tool can become a successful business by building on top of the Firefox platform. Mozilla has lined up an impressive panel of judges to award developers with the best add-on based on user experience, innovativeness, and use of open standards. * Jesse James Garrett, President, Adaptive Path * Joshua Schachter, Founder of del.ici.ous; Director of Engineering, Yahoo! * Tariq Krim, Founder and CEO of Netvibes * Garrett Camp, Founder & Chief Product Officer of StumbleUpon * Brendan Eich, CTO of Mozilla and creator of java script . * Chris Beard, VP of Mozilla Labs Three Grand Prize winners will each receive an Ultimate Firefox Developer Kit, including: * Travel and accommodation to a Mozilla Developer Day of the winner's choice, anywhere in the world * Development gear, including a brand new 15" Macbook Pro with VMware Fusion and ActiveState Komodo * 1 Year Unlimited Access subscription to O'Reilly's Safari Library * Firefox Ogio Messenger Bag stuffed with t-shirts, books, stickers, mugs, and more For more information, visit To see a list of 2006 winners go to: [url][/url] In addition, Mozilla is sponsoring a second contest, “Operation Firefox” (, for users with the most creative usage of the Firefox logo. Mozilla has challenged its users to come up with the most creative idea of where to display the Firefox Fathead sticker (available at the Mozilla store [url]
3),[/url] that represents one of the four cornerstones of the Firefox philosophy: performance, security, customization, and community. Mozilla will then send the finalists a Fathead to allow them to execute their idea, take a photograph, and send in their submission. Prizes will be awarded to the winners with the best photograph of their idea.
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